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London Fashion Week famed for its womenswear catwalks also feature a selected number of outstanding menswear shows. This is a new designer and was one of the best! Harry Xu’s show at Fashion Scout, Covent Garden had a  vision attempting to symbolise the conflict between reality and fantasy explored through a journey from teenage street-style to modern society mature man.

Here are our highlights: Among the key designs were the paired-three graduated sized pockets featured on coats and jackets (see above).

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Contrasting Panels: This one was in white with stripe down the sleeve and contrasting panels at the back.

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Translucent chiffon shirts matched with  wide-leg trousers. For the more fanciful there were embroidered floral shirts too!

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There’s a lot of blue this season and Harry Xu pulls it off in a very wearable way!

 

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Floral crystal coats were an important feature in this collection.

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Intricate embroidered hoodies! A great catwalk show!

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Harry Xu enjoying the applause

 

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Tracy Rose with TV presenter and producer Julie Liping Zhou

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Backstage with Harry Xu after the show. Fashion Fabulous TV interview coming soon!

Fashion Fabulous 3rd Edition coverFor the most fashionable places to shop in London, see our latest book Fashion Fabulous London 3rd Edition available now from all good bookshops including Waterstones, Harrods, Selfridges, Foyles, Stanfords Travel, Rizzoli Bookshop at Somerset House, Daunt, Easons, Wall & Jones, and Present-London. Internationally, it’s at Barnes & Noble in NY and bookshops in Italy, Japan, China, Australia, Russia, and throughout the world and on Amazon and many independent bookshop websites priced £12.99.

It reviews in detail the Top 200 fashion shops and 130 great venues where fashionistas eat and drink in London. Fashion Fabulous London 3rd Edition can also be ordered from our international distributor, Kuperard, telephone +44 (0) 0208 446 2440

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Harvey Nichols has been one of the most popular and successful fashion stores in London so when Fashion Fabulous learnt that the new menswear destination had just opened as soon as you could say 270 fashion labels plus 50 new ones we were down there like a shot! A full review will be appearing in the next edition of Fashion Fabulous London available in all good bookshops and on Amazon and many independent bookshop websites.

Harvey Nichols New Menswear Department, 109-125 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7RJ | t: 020 7235 5000 | Mon-Wed, 10am-8pm, Thurs-Sat, 10am-9pm, Sun 12pm-6pm | Nearest Tube Knightsbridge LU, 1 min walk | http://www.harveynichols.com                                                                 

Category: Glam, Cool, Designer Mix | TOP 200 Shop | Sizes: Varies

012-1Harvey Nichols Knightsbridge moves away from the normal shop within shop format instead featuring a collection of specialised boutiques. Now alongside the designer brands are more accessible jeans such as the Levi 501’s.

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Beachwear! And lots of places to sit!

007-1We liked the bags and accessories boutique! Easy to see and displayed with eye-catching unique mannequins specially made in Spain.

006-1You’ll find a marvellous selection of top designer labels including Alexander McQueen, Balmain, Givenchy, Paul Smith, Lanvin to name but a few. There’s also lots of lesser known brands such as Matthew Miller, Docker, Mr Hare  and Pieter  all well worth a look at.

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Harvey Nichols Menswear destination is definitely a place to visit now and will be fully open on May 11th with lots lots more!

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024-1Each time we write an edition of Fashion Fabulous London we look at over a thousand shops and from there pick the top 200 and review them in detail. Standout accessories at the moment are shoes and we would love to share some of the best we saw at London Collections: Men. We enjoyed Louis Leeman’s menswear shoe presentation at the Café Royal Hotel in Regent Street, especially the black and white weave abstracts (pictured above).

022-1Alpine Gentleman’s Clubs were the inspiration for Louis Leeman’s luxurious shoes. Small crystals are hand-applied to create the impression of ice! Check out those winter sweater motifs!

025-1Louis Leeman showed great hand-embroidered on soft silk pair and some excellent evening shoes such as the one above.

034-1We loved the Lathbridge by Patrick Cox collection! These wrinkly wet-look patent material and square toe Wannabe loafer are sure to be big hit! The collection offers a re-visit and rework of his best selling styles that he is famous for.

033-1More great shoes from Patrick Cox! The styles are fortified with either a contrasting double thick leather sole or a chunky crepe wedge. The group also comprises a lace up ankle boot and a chukka.

032-1We liked these multi-strap shoes and boots with mismatched buckles giving them a vintage feel. The collection is designed in London, handcrafted in Italy and features eco-friendly veg-tanned leathers.

047-1We caught up with Patrick Cox at the launch of his wonderful new collection! Patrick Cox’s shoe store on Sloane Street was one of the very first shops we reviewed in the Fashion Fabulous book series. The shoes were truly inspiring. Patrick told us “It was good to be back! I’m very much looking forward to opening a new shop in about a year’s time.”

044-1X-Factor group Alien came to view the shoe collection and told us they are busy recording!

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We were really impressed by Finsk’s new launch into men’s shoes. They have created five different shapes that come in an array striking colour combinations. We loved the dual colour heels and flash soles.

045-1From Brick Lane to Bond Street, Fashion Fabulous looks at all kinds of styles and designers to bring the very best in the Capital’s shopping choices.

054-1Other shoes at the BFC Designer Showrooms at Victoria House, Bloomsbury.

048-1We featured The Old Curiosity Shop in the Top 200 shop in our latest edition of Fashion Fabulous London. Here at LC:M they showed a departure from their famous square toed shoes in favour of more classic collaborations with Tricker’s and Sanders. Check those  different coloured patents for standout wear. Always worth a visit, The Old Curiosity Shop is at 13-14 Portsmouth Street, London WC2A 2ES.

028-1Cocktails and champagne were in abundance throughout this fashion week with great parties every night!

Currently on at the Victoria & Albert Museum is Shoes: Pleasure and Pain. See our review on this excellent exhibition. Here’s the link: https://fashionfabulousuk.wordpress.com/2015/06/11/fashion-fabulous-at-shoes-pleasure-and-pain-exhibition-va-museum/

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043-1Joshua Kane was one of the hottest tickets on Day 1 of London Collections: Men featuring a classy runway of delectable tailored outfits.  We loved the bronze tailored evening suits in stunning brocade.

033-1The show kicked off with burgundy wool coats with detachable fur hemlines Giant dogtooth, stripes adorned with gold metal buttons and zips.

042-1Designs were inspired by the Siege of Sidney Street in London’s East End in 1911. Winston Churchill led an army of police and troops against a heavily armed gang. Churchill wore a fur collared coat and here Kane uses lambswool fur collars on bomber jackets to great effect.

030-1The show took place at Christ Church Commercial Street a stone’s throw away from Joshua Kane’s Flagship Store in 53 Brushfield Street London E1.

Celebrities on the catwalk included Dougie Poynter from McBusted, Taboo from the Black Eyed Peas and US rapper Machine Kelly.  Frowing  DJ Alex Zane, Leah Weller, Made-in Chelsea stars including Oliver Proudlock. Sitting alongside us DJ Roman Kemp from Captial FM and singer Betsy-Blue.

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We liked the Universal Works show featuring navy and khaki outfits

010-1Here’s me with David Keyte, co-founder and designer of Universal Works at their LCM collection show in Marylebone. Check out Universal Works in Lambs Conduit Street and Berwick Street more details on http://www.universalworks.co.uk

021-1Next up it was off to Nigel Cabourn’s new collection at his shop The Army Gym, 28 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden. We were impressed with a treated cotton mac. These hardworking clothes are just the ticket for urban warriors looking to combine functionality with fashionable casual styling.

017-1Nigel himself was cheerfully circulating amongst his guests and took to photobombing a few shots including the one above!

E.Tautz AW16E.Tautz showed double breasted trench coats in wool/cashmere paired with crew neck sweaters and grey wool pleated trousers. The show took place at the BFC Space, 180 The Strand.

038Taking a break between shows. From railway arches to restaurant cellars to super luxury hotels, London Collections Men took us all over the Capital late into the nights.

007-1Great looks for the winter in The Heading North collection by Belstaff

012-1Some more great jackets for the winter by Belstaff !

001-1Shearling and leather are very much part of the Belstaff vocabulary. This season it was all about layering.

019-1The event was attended by actor Jack Fox (pictured) Dermot O’Leary and Darren Kennedy. “Blue Steel” cocktails were served as a forerunner to fashion comedy film Zoolander 2.

029-1Baartmans and Siegel showed relaxed elegance with a camel and grey colour focus.

014-1Zig-Zags galore at Christopher Kane collection at his flagship store in Mount Street, Mayfair, London W1!

057-1We were impressed with these excellent dinner jackets by Chester Barrie showing  at the Palm Court in the Waldorf Hotel.

064-1Chester Barrie showed Windowpane Checks in blues and greys to great effect

070-1Matching floral shirts and jacket over polo was just one of the great looks at the Duchamp Collection showing at the Rosewood Hotel, Holborn.

073-1More checks on smart casuals. Duchamp showed crisp cottons under single-breasted wool jackets.

078-1Gieves and Hawkes collection was a big success with Tommy Hilfiger and David Gandy amongst the onlookers. Bronze brocade appeared again as a key look for next party season!

079-1This coat also impressed us at Gieves and Hawkes whot stripped out their Savile Row flagship shop for London Collections: Men

094-1Across the road at Dashing Tweeds, 26 Sackville Street, Guy Hills showed his new collection of innovative fabrics in classic British styles.

100-1Whilst the shop is small, Dashing Tweeds packed a big punch with this contemporary leather panelled coat.

006-1Thom Sweeney showed sleek immaculate tailoring

008-1Thom Sweeney at 33a Bruton Place, Mayfair is definitely a place to visit!

027-1Soaking up the great shows and presentations!

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DSCN3447-1Author Russell Rose has been writing on fashion for over fifteen years. In co-writing the book series Fashion Fabulous London, more than a thousand men’s and women’s fashion shops are looked at then the top 200 picked and reviewed in detail. Famed for its bespoke tailoring, Savile Row stretches from Conduit Street to Burlington Gardens and is one of the most historic retail districts in the world. Here’s an excerpt from the current edition of Fashion Fabulous London of one of the tailoring greats.

Huntsman, 11 Savile Row, London W1S 3PS | t: 020 7734 7441| Mon-Fri, 9.30am-5.30pm, Sat, 10am-5pm | Nearest Tube Piccadilly LU, 6 min walk | http://www.h-huntsman.com                                                                 

Category: Classic, Bespoke, Made to Measure, Ready to Wear | TOP 200 Shop | Menswear & Womenswear |Own label | Sizes: Men: 34-48

The impressive selection of in-house limited edition tweed designs, named after British Dukes from their archives is just one great reason to visit this venerable tailoring establishment. Being particularly interested in a tweed jacket, I found the Blue Norfolk sourced from the Inner Hebrides in Scotland was very attractive. You’ll definitely need to come down to the tailors here to see the material as the colours that you see online bear no relationship to the real thing. Made to measure is £1,854, ready to wear £1400, whilst bespoke is £3616. Matching tweed berets at £95 are available.

Huntsman interior-1The focus at Huntsman is still the perfectly balanced bespoke single buttoned jacket or suit. Established in 1849, Huntsman remains a place of anecdotes. At the front, an immaculate gentleman’s bicycle with basket, a horse saddle, a grand old fireplace and two stag heads said to have been left behind by a customer on his way to lunch create a timeless ambience. At the back, clearly visible are the cutting rooms, where they work on measurements, patterns and the long mahogany tables This is where as tradition has it your “sales advisor” will unroll the cloths for you to choose materials. The main work room is below ground and should you declare to go bespoke you will be invited for a full tour and an insight into the intricacies of their skilled techniques. Here too is the Patterns Room with its historical fascinating archive of five thousand patterns of the great and the good.

Huntsman is perfect for men who are looking for a quietly reassured timeless look, while the ready to wear makes fine every day wear. The ready to wear is very conservative still maintaining their legendary style of single button, well balanced and their signature waistband adjusters or side straps. The fitters are adept at explaining, charmingly, a garment’s shortcomings such as the trousers being too tight and explained how they could be let out. For a small alteration expect to be about £50.Made to measure suits are £2406 and there is flexibility to move to 2 or 3 button jackets and takes about 6-8 weeks to finish. Bespoke takes 3-4 fittings over a minimum of 12 weeks. A two piece is from about £4,608.

Huntsman also has hand-made shirts including those made from West Indian Sea Island cotton of outstanding quality, plus ties, handkerchiefs and braces. A valeting service is available where the resident presser spends over an hour re-shaping a jacket or coat virtually restoring it back to its original appearance when it was first made. A Women’s bespoke service is available by appointment Mon-Fri 10am-3pm.

Ratings: Wow factor: 5 Shopping Bags; Choice: 5 Shopping Bags; Service: 5 Shopping Bags; Price: £££££   5 Shopping Bags = Excellent     

Fashion Fabulous 3rd Edition coverFor the most fashionable places to shop in London, see our latest book Fashion Fabulous London 3rd Edition available now from all good bookshops including Waterstones, Harrods, Selfridges, Foyles, Stanfords Travel, Rizzoli Bookshop at Somerset House, Daunt, Easons, Wall & Jones, Bohemia Road, and Present-London. Internationally, it’s at Barnes & Noble in NY and bookshops in Italy, Japan, China, Australia, Russia, and throughout the world and on Amazon and many independent bookshop websites priced £12.99.

It reviews in detail the Top 200 fashion shops and 130 great venues where fashionistas eat and drink in London. Fashion Fabulous London 3rd Edition can also be ordered from our international distributor, Kuperard, telephone +44 (0) 0208 446 2440

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Mcqueen AW15-1From Alexander McQueen to Xander Zhou, more than seventy British and international menswear designers showcased their collections at the Designer Showrooms and runways in the heart of London during a four day period from 9th -12th January. Featuring over 32 catwalk shows and 37 presentations London is the creative capital of the world for men’s fashions. Alexander McQueen (above)  showed velvet jacquard panelled suits looked great but strikingly  massive  vertical graphic  slogans such as VALOUR, HONOUR and TRUTH may prove a bit too much for some men to wear. Blue military suits and the jackets with peony motifs were very appealing indeed.

DSCN5607-2TOPMAN Design showed how to do the 70’s right at their catwalk at the Old Sorting Office, 21 New Oxford Street, London WC1 featuring flared bottom jeans, patchwork shearling coats and Bay City Roller tartans to the sounds of David Essex and Sweet. We loved the ankle length trenches but brave will be guys that venture out in jumpsuits this autumn. Certainly there were influences from past Burberry collections – which is not an entirely a bad thing at all! And several eye-catching tartan suits and casuals with prominent star motifs are likely to be very popular. X-factor winner Ben Haenow made his LCM front row debut guided fashion show regular Dermot O’Leary. Also happily frowing were David Gandy and Nick Grimshaw.

DSCN5608-1One gets to see some very weird and wonderful venues during the course of LC:M and London Fashion Week and  right up there with them all was the Hentsch Man presentation at 8 Walker’s , Soho W1, a disused sex shop down London’s  infamous sex alley!

Here the focus was Grunge, Nirvana and Cowboy themes. We liked the black oversized woollen coats, red and window pane checks, white skinny chinos, green two piece suit, white trousers paired with white Doc Marten footwear.

DSCN5610-1Loving the cool electric blue two piece suit, this was a popular presentation where we downed a delicious rum and ginger beer cocktail. Hentsch Man is available in Bluebird Chelsea, Duke  Street Emporium and Opening Ceremony.  A label definitely to watch!

According to market research company Mintel, the UK menswear market is worth a staggering £12.9billion for the year ending 2013 and estimated to rise to £19billion by 2019.

DSCN5612-1Soulland’s presentation at St, George’s, Bloomsbury, Bloomsbury Way, WC1A 2SA was a completely different affair  at St, George’s, Bloomsbury, Bloomsbury Way, WC1 featuring. Scandinavian influenced menswear stocked in London’s Goodhood store on Curtain Road, Shoreditch, East London. Here we saw circular patches on skinny rolled up chinos, a cool black and white suit with contrasting checks (see photo), gold lurex jumper and aviator jacket with sheepskin collar.  Overall, an impressive collection that is sure to go down well with the guys of East London! We also like the accompanying piano music.

DSCN5613-1…more Soulland’s relaxed style

DSCN5615-1…a great look for the man who wants to hit the streets of edgy East London.

DSCN5611-1Brrrr! Moschino showed ice blue coats, silver trousers and chunky fur boots  their runway show at Lindley Hall, Vincent Square, London SW1. The audience was treated to a Christmas card winter scene complete with fir trees and fake winter snow.

DSCN5612-1For the man who likes his furs, Moschino offfered up black and white zebra and leopard – grrr!

Centre stage for the British Fashion Council’s Ready to Wear showcase was The Hospital Club, 24 Endell St WC2, excellently equipped with bars, coffee lounge and a restaurant to relax in whilst Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square, was the showcase venue for Accessory designers.

DSCN5621-1One of the highlights of the Ready to Wear collections was Gloverall whose collections always centres on duffle coats that they invented in 1951. Just about all the fashion houses have been inspired by its design at some point. This time round coats were badged up!

DSCN5618-1There was no shortage of creativity…here’s a trio of Bob Abley’s futuristic designs….

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??????????Pretty Green showed a selection of their more upscale Black Label range for Autumn/Winter 2015 collection at The Hospital Club and a runway show in the basement of the Edition Hotel, Berners Street, London W1. A good selection of long overcoats, patterned jackets and large bags were featured.

DSCN5633-1CSB is a label that has just launched from its base in the Columbia Road area of East London. The designer had previously worked at Donna Karan and Emanuel Ungaro so we expect it to be hot!

DSCN5624-1Always with her finger on the button is Fashion Fabulous London’s Tracy Rose reporting from the front row of the shows.

DSCN5634-1Lutwyche showed an elegant menswear presentation at the Ice Tank, Grape Street, Covent Garden. There were some great very wearable coats to be seen and all the clothes are made in England!

DSCN5635-1Lutwyche’s shop is located just off of Savile Row at 15c Clifford Street, London W1.

DSCN5637-1Models arrived in Lutwyche tuxedos and drank champagne and whisky cocktails served throughout the evening.

DSCN5639-1David Gandy was there too! He was just about at every event during the London Men’s Week.

??????????Checking out the Accessory Designers showrooms at Victoria House in Bloomsbury, we came across the London Sock Company that had a pack of David Gandy’s three styles from their collection. Speaking to Dave Pickard he told us that the socks were inspired by Victorian heritage designs The brand is stocked in Welsh and Jeffries of Savile Row.

??????????Augustus Pili showed some exciting contemporary designs footwear manufactured in Northampton

DSCN5619Otis Batterbee’s bag collection was inspired by the modernist Isokon London Building. Their bags are available in Harrods and Liberty.

DSCN5632-1Xander Zhou showed a Wild West cowboy theme at his catwalk at the Old Sorting Office, 21 New Oxford Street, London WC1. Ankle length trousers, short coats of mink, sheep and fox furs were featured in clock colouring.

DSCN5633-1Leather jackets finished with tie-up bottoms paired with camel coloured leather trousers looked stylish completed with the new footwear range.

DSCN5634-1This orange coat was definitely striking…

DSCN5636-1YeeHaa! There were cow patterns in a range of colours!

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DSCN5625-1Russell Rose and Tracy Rose bringing you the highlights of yet another successful London Mens Collections!

For the most fashionable places to shop in London, see our latest book Fashion Fabulous London 3rd Edition available  Available from  Waterstones, Harrods, Selfridges, Foyles, Daunt, Stanfords Travel,  Rizzoli Bookshop at Somerset House, 3939 Shop, Wall & Jones, Nico Didonna, Bohemia Road, Present-London and airport bookshops. Internationally, you can get it in New York at Barnes & Noble, and bookshops in Italy, Australia, China, Japan and throughout the world and on Amazon and many independent internet bookshop websites priced £12.99. Order your copy now!!!

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